RugbyU: S. Africa Blue Bulls player dodges jail in cop death

9th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

A former South African Blue Bulls rugby player on Friday pleaded guilty to beating a Pretoria police officer to death but escaped a jail term in a plea bargain with the state, local media reported.

A Pretoria court on Friday sentenced Jacobus Stephanus 'Bees' Roux to a five-year suspended jail term after he pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and driving while drunk, Talk Radio 702 reported.

Roux was arrested in August last year for the murder of 38-year-old police officer Ntshimane Mogale, who pulled over the former player for suspected drink driving.

He will also pay 750,000 rands ($103,000, 75,000 euros) in compensation to the officer's widow.

The former player joined the Bulls in 2009 and played in May's Super 14 final, which saw his team beat fellow South African side the Western Stormers to retain the southern hemisphere title for a second year.

Roux said he feared for his life and assaulted the officer after Mogale drove his car away and demanded his bank card and pin number, with the beating continuing on the ground after the victim had tumbled out of the moving car, the report said.

© 2011 AFP

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